The Summer is Over: How to Ready Your Home for the Cold

Photo by Lucy Call

Photo by Lucy Call

The Summer is Over: How to Ready Your Home for the Cold

The sun-bleached days of the summer have receded for the year, giving way to autumn, with its colored falling leaves, cool weather and end-of-year holidays. You may want nothing better than to wander carefree through forest paths with your kids and pet dogs in tow, but your home maintenance chores need to be done, now that the hot months are behind you. You have to ready your home for the cold fall and winter seasons, to keep your home structurally intact once the frosts and snow sets in.

This is an ideal time to make sure all your house systems are fully operational, from the plumbing system to the electrical system, and even your cooling and heating systems. Read the following to get a sense of what tasks to undertake to prepare your home for the cold months ahead, so that you can avoid having to shell out for expensive, unexpected repairs:

1. Check Your Roof Gutters

A key chore to carry out before the snowy weather arrives is to inspect and clean the gutters and downspouts of your roof. These make up for your roof’s drainage system.

When rain or snow falls on your roof, the water is directed to flow away from your home’s exterior walls, so as to protect its structural integrity. As the cool weather arrives, make sure to remove any clogging debris from your roof gutters. Keep an eye out for corrosion and rust and install mesh guards where necessary to keep leaf matter and other debris from blocking proper water flow that is being drained away from your home walls.

2. Repair Your Walks and Drives, If Necessary

Once ice appears on your walkways and driveways, it can damage the concrete. Reserve a day in the end-of-summer days to closely look at these property areas, as wide cracks filled with ice can puncture your car tires as you roll out of your garage.

Find your inner handyman and fill up any ill-looking cracks yourself, using a DYI solution, and work on evening out uneven pavement sections, while also verifying that all stairwell railings aren’t loose. If the task is too much for you to handle, call a professional handyman to repair the pavement and steady the stairwell railing.

3. Check Your Faucets

To make sure your pipes won’t freeze and burst when the icy cold weather arrives, leave your faucets turned on slightly so that the slight leak of water allows for continuous water movement in your pipes.

4. Check Whether Your Smoke and CO Detectors Operational

Check whether your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are still working, per the manufacturer’s instructions. Make it a point to change the batteries of the ceiling detectors every time there is a change in season. For an even safer house, keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, as well as in other designated spaces throughout the home.

5. Replace Air Filters

Verify that air flows are running throughout your home without blockages. Clean any debris from clogging proper air circulation and change your air filters and humidifiers. If you keep an AC unit that directly faces the outside, consider having it covered in the fall.

A Final Thought

By spending just a few days to inspect, fix and clean your home systems, and exterior, every fall season, you are less likely to have to call the expensive repair man in the dead of winter. By following the tips above, you are doing your part to secure a warmly insulated home during the cold months with a low chance of major issues or problems coming up.

Author:  Paul Denikin

Utah's Luxury Home Builders since 1976, Cameo Homes Inc.